Meghana Joshi


Meghana Joshi.

Meghana Joshi


Meghana Joshi


Research Topics

Medical Anthropology; Childlessness; Fatherhood; Conceptions of Childhood/Children; Alternate Forms of Kinship

Contact Information

375 Academic Center

Buffalo NY, 14261-0026

Phone: (716) 645-1401


Originally from India, Professor Joshi earned a double MA in Social Work with a specialization in Reproductive Health and worked in the development sector on preventive health interventions in five different states in North India. Professor Joshi shifted her focus from an interventionist to an interpretive frame through Cultural/Medical Anthropology. She finished a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Rutgers in 2017 and did research on issues of childlessness, reproduction, parenting and demography in Berlin, Germany.


  • PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • MA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • MA, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • BA, Pune University

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses

  • APY 105 | Introduction to Anthropology
  • APY 106 | Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • APY 275 | Culture, Health and Illness

Selected Publications

  • 2020 Becoming fathers in a ‘child-friendlier’ Germany: male infertility, reproductive visibility, and the labor of paternity, NORMA: International Journal of Masculinity Studies, DOI: 10.1080/18902138.2020.1713582 
  • 2017 Berlin’s Hypervisible Children: “German Child-Unfriendliness” amidst Demographic Anxieties, in Reimagining the Child: Proceedings of the 2016 Rutgers-Camden Graduate Student Conference in Childhood Studies. Edited by J Burton and K Fredricks
  • 2014 Interview with Didier Fassin accompanying publication of “True life, real lives: Revisiting the boundaries between ethnography and fiction,” American Ethnologist, Vol. 40 (1), 40-55
  • 2008 “‘Correcting’ the Reproductive ‘Impairment’: Infertility Treatment Seeking Experiences of Low Income Group Women in Mumbai Slums,” Sociological Bulletin, 57 (2), May-August 2008, pp. 155-172
  • 2006 “Dis-rupted Reproduction: Understanding Experiences of Childlessness among Low Income Group Women in Mumbai Slums,” (M.Phil Dissertation) Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai